Press and Reviews


New York, NY - July 10, 2013

Times Square Chronicles

Marilyn Maye Takes Five - and the hearts of all

By Sandi Durell


Marilyn Maye
Marilyn Maye at Iridium.
Photo: Stephen Sorokoff

When Marilyn Maye is introduced as the “Marvelous” MM, it’s not unusual. She’s been referred to as mischievous, miraculous, stunning, amazing, spell-binding, spectacular, enthralling – - every adjective the dictionary might offer as a descriptive.  And. . . they’re all accurate!


So here she is doing a double header on one night at the Iridium Jazz Club with her men of mirth – Tedd Firth on piano, Tom Hubbard on bass, Ray Marchica on drums, Ken Peplowski on clarinet/sax and Brian Pareschi on trumpet – performing her RCA hit recording “Take Five.”


It’s a wonder she’s able to get through a song as the audience whoops and howls with pleasure before, during and after each tune.  Packed to the rafters, her fans are eager to hear each musical story only as she can convey them – gems of genius timing and flawless phrasing.


She’s jazz, theater, pop and more. When she sings “Get Happy,” everyone is on board the Marilyn express as her Happy medley unfolds into a variety of songs (I Want To Be Happy, Sometimes I’m Happy (Sometimes I’m Blue) ) with that high energy for which she’s so famous.


From a Lerner & Loewe My Fair Lady medley (I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face/Wouldn’t It Be Loverly/On The Street Where You Live) where artistic liberty prevails with special lyrics – - “they didn’t write it exactly that way but they told me they like it” – -  featuring “Get Me to The Church on Time” at top speed (great arrangement),  Ms. Marilyn also takes time to slow down with “Here’s That Rainy Day/Stormy Weather” as each lyric comes alive with intensity.


Of course, (and I shouldn’t give it away, but everyone already knows) MM just celebrated her 85th and no matter, because this hot mama is a sexy, sensual lady who knows how to deliver all the double entendres in “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Honeysuckle Rose. ”


A favorite is MM’s “Rainbow Medley” and the appropriate “Take Five” finish, as the audience spontaneously jumps to their feet with screams of delight and thunderous applause.  And there we all stood demanding her return to the stage. With shoes already off and glitter top unbuttoned she granted our wish . . . just one more “It’s Today.”


From what I heard, the second show was jam-packed as well, with the same reactions.


What else is there to say? We eagerly await the Marvelous Marilyn Maye’s return to the stages of New York